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  1. Had my best official total Steel Challenge match time last Sunday. Still a ways to go to make Single Stack 'A'. So few single stackers lately. If I'm competing with other people, it's the Limited shooters since they represent the largest centerfire irons division. I do all right. It's time to push my speed in Steel Challenge. Not a little but a lot. The worst that will happen as long as I'm safe is people will point and laugh. They do that anyway so...
  2. I have experimented with this on a Glock and found parts of my support hand interfering with the controls, dropping mags while shooting being the main issue. I don't even bother trying it with 1911s. I prefer to keep my grip the same between the two gun types so I use what most of us here would consider the classic thumbs-forward-high-hand grip. If a person can make the forefinger-on-trigger-guard technique work, that's great. It just hasn't worked for me.
  3. Lately, just occasional halfhearted dry fire and two matches per month. That's not enough. I went from unclassified to high C in USPSA and Steel Challenge in something like a year and a half, to B in Steel Challenge in about two years. And after a stronger push in dry fire practice, B in USPSA in about three years. Getting to A and above will require a new level of training frequency, no way around it. For the last year or so I've been on a plateau and I know the remedy is more frequent training. I've been learning some finer points in Steel Challenge, some of which I can carry to USPSA and other shooting games, but those things give only fractional improvements. Right now, it's about more energy output, better consistency, and elevating my skill level through more frequent training. Some of the things I've improved through sheer reps aren't things I'm consciously aware of. Lots of draws, trigger presses and reloads in dry fire along with steady match shooting definitely improve my match performance simply because I become capable of faster and more precise gun handling, more than any mental paradigm shift or technique change.
  4. Yes. Also, the things I expected to receive suggestions on from, say, a GM on my squad, is not usually what I expected to hear. I hear things I never thought about before. Which is good because I get new input from a good source based on watching me shoot up close. This can hardly help but make you better, if you take it in and apply it.
  5. Very impressive photoracer! I saw a 1.77 S&H string yesterday (someone on my squad, not me), so I know how fast your warp speed looks.
  6. Speed Option - now convinced to shoot it 4-3-1-2-S not 4-3-2-1-S. Outer Limits - Logical reason to shoot it 1-2-3-4-S: with your gun tending to bounce a bit as you settle into the middle box, the far rectangle plate is more forgiving to vertical error. And the final 4-S transition is fast. My updated sequences: 5 to Go: 1-2-3-4-S Showdown Left Box (2x): 1-2-4-3-S Showdown Right Box (3x): 2-1-4-3-S Smoke and Hope: 1-2-4-3-S Outer Limits: 1-2-3-4-S Accelerator: 1-2-4-3-S Pendulum: 1-2-3-4-S Speed Option: 4-3-1-2-S Roundabout: 4-3-1-2-S
  7. Last Sunday's Deer Tribe Steel Challenge was really good because I shot with Joe DePetro (Open Grandmaster) and Brian Green (PCC Optics Master). Both are very nice guys and great to shoot with. Excellent shooters, too. They passed along their thoughts on plate sequences and gave some other nice tips. Speed Option - now convinced to shoot it 4-3-1-2-S not 4-3-2-1-S, even though this entails changing directions twice (something I always avoided). Brian was 0.3s to 0.4s faster with 4-3-1-2-S. He was able to execute both sequences smoothly, but the first way was clearly faster. It seems a wider lateral transition at a similar range can be faster than a narrower lateral transition but at a different range. I tried 4-3-1-2-S and I liked it. I didn't execute it great, but I see why it should be faster. Outer Limits - Finally, I heard a logical reason to shoot it 1-2-3-4-S: Joe pointed out that with your gun tending to bounce a bit as you settle into the middle box, the far rectangle plate is more forgiving to vertical error. And the final 4-S transition is fast. Accelerator - Joe confirmed 1-2-4-3-S and I do have my fastest time with this sequence. So naturally I'll stick with it.
  8. Noticeable time gets cut off of Outer Limits with just ONE thing: calling your shot on the second plate. I watched my fellow squadders at the last match and all of them were waiting to hear/see their hit, then moving. I KNOW I'm going to hit the plate before I press the trigger and I'm starting my move as I press the trigger. If I miss, I'm not going back, I'll take the miss penalty. Not that I'm phenomenal at this stage, just better than I'd be if I didn't call that shot.
  9. I'm now using half of a large safety pin. It's working better than the piece of paper clip I had going, which had binding issues. The UniqueTek spent primer catcher with the tube is also pretty nifty.
  10. L10 - 7/1/2018 Percent: 71.5009 Hit Factor: 11.8906 Draw was not super fast, reloads were smooth but not super fast, splits were fast. String 1 and String 2 were 1/100th of a second different so I guess you could say I was consistent. Shot this stage third overall in an all-classifier match from a year ago.
  11. Looking at your targets, if that's your biggest accuracy issue, you're in good shape.
  12. When I'm not being surgical and doing what most would call the "double tap," I know where the first shot went. The second shot, I feel where it probably went more than I see it, though I'm watching the sights throughout the bang-bang. This usually works, 10 yards and closer. I think most of us can feel when the gun returns to where it was before the last shot, especially when very familiar with the timing of the gun.
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